The Lost Art of Learning

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Some days I stress over what he's learning, wondering if it's enough. Can he say enough words clearly? Are his fine motor skills up to par? Can he follow two-step instructions? Will he be ready for his Kindergarten entrance exam in four years??? It sounds ridiculous, I know. But as mothers, those are the thoughts that keep me awake at night. 

Sometimes I get so caught up in the "learning", that I forget that this is learning too...

You know, being outside and exploring.
Climbing up the ladder, sliding down the slide.
Stopping himself before he hits the ground.
Getting up again and again.
Laughing.
It's learning! 
He's developing. 

And while reading, writing and arithmetics are all crucial parts of him developing, so is this. So is every moment that he spends exploring and adventuring.

Hey moms, don't let those thoughts of comparison tell you that your child isn't smart enough, developed enough, or learning enough. Of course we should teach them to read, write, and do the things that they must. But also, open the back door and go play outside with them! Let's allow them to learn, to explore, to adventure, to laugh, and to be little. Let's embrace the lost art of learning.

And you know what? The more I embrace this... them being outside, exploring and adventuring... the more I learn, too.

"There is no description, no image in any book that is capable of replacing the sight of real trees, and all of the life to be found around them in a real forrest." - Charlotte Mason